Monday, 15 May 2017

Grass track season is back

Friday 12/5/17

Coaching point number 1 - keep your head up when starting race...

The first Grass Track event of this years league took place on Friday 12th of May at Hackney Downs. Conditions were a bit damp so the years 4 and 5 riders were using their own bikes this time. Seventy seven riders from eight schools showed up with each rider racing twice. The format for the day was Keirin heats followed by a 3 lap scratch race to place the lower finishers and the top six riders taking part in a keirin final. With three first round heats per age group and gender that meant for a lot of races to get through.

Parkwood riders keeping an eye on the racing

Keirin is the Japanese word for fight - and is where this particular track race originated. Over there it has a big following among the gambling fraternity and on hard tracks the riders follow  a derny - which is a small motorbike for a number of laps gradually getting faster. At a certain point the derny pulls away to leave the riders sprinting for two laps to the finish. We didn't have motorbike but we did have Russell our local British Cycling Go-Ride coach step as and ride around on bike in front of the riders getting a good work out.

Coaching point number 2  - wear gloves...
The first two riders form each heat went through to the finals. In the year four girls Ishanna from Jubilee won the final followed by Olivia from orchard and Sophie from Kingsmead. Milla from Gayhurst won the scratch race to take 7th place in the standings overall.
Coaching point number 3 - the fastest way round the track is on the inside closest to the cones...
 The year four boys final was won by Nicholas from Millfields followed by team mate Jimme then Arlo from Gayhurst. Gabriel from Jubilee won the scratch race.
Coaching point number 4 - make sure your number is pinned on correctly otherwise you might not get a result...
Coaching point number 5 - adjust your saddle to the correct height
- this will give you optimum power for  when pedalling ...

The year 5 girls was won in a commanding fashion by Laila-Grace  from Millfields followed by team mate Ashleigh then Ruby from Gayhurst. Scarlett also from Gayhurst won the scratch race.
Coaching point number six - get low on your bike and keep on the saddle when cornering on slippy grass ...

The year 5 boys race saw a 123 for Millfields with Milton racing away followed by Kaspar then Solomon. Gabriel from Gayhurst won the scratch race.
Coaching point number seven - when posing for a team photo get your race face on...
 The league standings are unchanged since round six with Millfields extending their lead at the top.

Year 4 boys podium - clearly enjoying it

Year 5 girls podium - too cool for school

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Lights, Camera - Action!

A little bit of Hollywood style glamour was visited on the YHPSCL last friday 10th march. As round six took place on Hackney Downs we had a film crew recording the mountain bike training and racing for a film that will be used to promote the league at the upcoming Hackney Cycling Conference.  100 year four and five riders from nine schools turned up ready to try out their ready position.

Once they had signed on the riders were split into their age and gender groups and went off with coaches to learn and practise mtb techniques - following this it was time to race with year 4 girls going first over four laps of the circuit.

Lolo from Kingsmead and lena from Jubilee got stung starts and held on to come first and second whilst Justine from Grazebrook steadily worked her way up through the field to come third.

Year 4 girls results.

Next to ride were the year 4 boys - Arlo from Gayhurst may look small in nature but he has a big engine and he left the rest behind as he stormed off to victory, meanwhile behind him Joseph from Grazebrook lost a shoe on the first lap but remarkably continued on to gain second place closely followed by Zane from Gayhurst in third.

Year 4 boys results

Next for their close up were the year five girls and the win once again went the way of the Kingsmead girls with Myesha leading from start to end. She was joined on the podium with Hanna from Jubilee and Amelie from Grazebrook in 2nd and 3rd.

Year 5 girls results

The year boys race was the final race of the day and looked to be going the ay of Jubilee as Milo raced off and was quickly lapping back markers. not one for easing off he kept going hard and a mistake on a corner meant he went down and out of the race. This left the way for a trio of Millfields riders to come through to take the top three spots - well done to Jimme, Nicholas and Louis.
Year 5 boys results

This leaves the table looking like this after six events with three to go -

Monday, 27 February 2017

Lea Valley Velopark Circuit race 2

They breed them tough at Jubilee - bear arms on such a cold day!
The second of this years two circuit race events took place on a chilly Friday just before half term. This time round we gave the year 4 and 5 riders coaching sessions for the first hour focussing on cornering, ascending and descending and using their gears. This proved successful as it means more time on the bikes for the riders and they are improving their technique. For instance there were less riders pushing their bikes up the hill due to poor gear choice than previously. We will continue this model into the remaining events this season.

Training practise before the races - focusing here on cornering technique
 - inside pedal up looking where they are going, accelerating out of the corner.

Training practise before the races - focusing again on cornering technique.
The year 4 girls raced first for three laps with Lena and Ishanna getting a 1-2 for Jubilee followed by Uma from Millfields.
Girls year 4 race 

Boys year 4 race
The year 4 boys also raced for three laps with a clean sweep of the medals for Millfields by Louis 1st Nicholas 2nd and Jimme 3rd.

Racing past the velodrome
The year 5 girls followed next with Ashleigh and Laila from Millfields getting away from the rest Mabel from Jubilee came third.
The winner of the year 4 boys

The year 5 boys went Jubilee's way with Milo getting 1st and Milo 3rd split by kaspar from Millfields in 2nd. With all the top spots going the way of these two schools they have stretched out their lead in the overall competition - all results below.
Well wrapped up year 5 boys in action.

Year 4 girls podium
Year 4 girls results

Year 4 boys podium

Year 4 boys results

Year 5 girls results

Year 5 girls podium

Year 5 boys podium

Year 5 boys results